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Brighton students on exchange trip in Paris when attack occurred; no students injured

Apr 20, 2017

A group of Brighton High School students and staff were in Paris Thursday at the same time  a police officer was shot to death and two other officers were injured on the famed Champs-Élysées. The attacker was shot and killed by police.

According to a statement from the school district, about 40 students and staff were in Paris as part of a French exchange trip. The students are safe and accounted for.

A statement on the district’s website from Brighton School Supt. Kevin McGowan says that the students were at one end of the Champs-Élysées, touring the Arc de Triomphe. The students were evacuated to a shop and left the area.

McGowan says the students were not aware of the incident as it took place, nor were they a witness to what happened. They were not considered to be in immediate danger, but their itinerary for the evening in that area will be changed.

Families of the students were contacted through the phone tree that was set up for the trip.